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It is a biennial or monocarpic perennial plant growing to 30–80 cm (12–31 in) tall, with rough, hairy, lanceolate leaves. The flowers start pink and turn vivid blue and are 15–20 mm (0.59–0.79 in) in a branched spike, with all the stamens protruding. Stamens remain red and stand out against the blue flowers. It flowers between May and September. It is found in dry, bare and waste places.
Echium vulgare (Viper's Bugloss or Blueweed) is a species of Echium native to most of Europe, and western and central Asia. It is also common in North America. Here spotted in the Dutch dunes.